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External monitor for Macbook
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ercatli
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Dec 7, 2010, 08:51 PM
 
I bought a Macbook for my work, but it was so much better than my old desktop (a very old G4) that now I’m using it for both. But my eyes aren’t as good as they were, so I need a bigger screen if I am going to preserve my posture. The Mac has about 115 pixels per inch, and I reckon something close to 90 would be better for me.

My main uses are web, email and WP, and I’m not a gamer or a big online TV watcher, so I think a widescreen is unnecessary, and would prefer something with more height than a 16:9. And I don’t want to spend a lot of money!

So I have a choice between a typical 20” 16:9 = 1600x900 LED monitor (e.g. Samsung or LG) which I can pick up at any local electrical store, or a HP LA22f, which is more expensive but is 1680x1050 (16:10) which gives me some more height and has a few other nice features. I was just wondering, please, if anyone has any ideas:

(a) Does anyone own the HP and can report on its quality?
(b) Do you know any online reviews of this monitor?
(c) Do you have any experience with whether a Displayport (HP) to mini Displayport (Macbook) connector is any better than the DVI-mini Displayport connector that other monitors require?

Hoping someone has some ideas please. Thanks.
     
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Dec 7, 2010, 09:19 PM
 
HP's higher-end monitors are generally rated pretty well, MacWorld in particular thinks they are great. They may have a review. In terms of DisplayPort vs. DVI, there will likely be no appreciable difference.
     
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Dec 8, 2010, 12:32 AM
 
Thanks. I guess I can infer from this that you consider the LA22f a "higher-end" monitor?
     
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Since it's LED and fairly high-res for 22", I'd consider it lower-high-end. Ha. Not LED Cinema high-end, but certainly isn't a slouch.
     
   
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